Beyond the Bear

Beyond the Bear

How I Learned to Live and Love Again After Being Blinded by A Bear

Book - 2013
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One beautiful July day, Dan Bigley set out for a day of salmon fishing on Alaska's famed Russian River. A man with an insatiable need to venture where roads are rare, Dan couldn't have been happier as he started his day: He had a great job and a million-dollar view from his cabin, where his girlfriend, Amber, still slept. But that pristine snapshot in time was shattered when a grizzly bear snuck up and attacked, leaving him disfigured and blind.

After Dan was found nearly dead, Amber's love was not lost. Extensive readjustment to an altered life and many surgeries later, the couple's unforgettable story is one of courage and the power of love to lead the way out of darkness.


Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780762784554
Branch Call Number: 599.7809798 Big
Characteristics: ix, 212 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: McKinney, Debra


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This is a great book and tells of survival after the attack, the will to go on living. People who have never had anything bad happen to them wouldn't really understand the concept. I work with football players who sometimes never had a broken toe, and then when they make pro they get hurt and hurt bad. They have to learn something new from the get go, and they do, sometimes a spinal injury might take them out of the game for life, you never know what live will throw at you? This was a sow grizzly with two cubs, I think some guys threw beer cans at the cubs just before the attack. But this man didn't know that, and was just walking back to the car after fishing all day. He says he could see during the event even without eyes, most people blind who have NDE or OBE can see too. I wonder if something like out of body experience could be taught to the blind so they could see outside of their body? I know it would only be temporary, but it could save their life!

Nov 30, 2015

Great and interesting story. The only part I didn't like was blaming the forest service for not controlling peoples actions, closing the area at nightfall, etc. when Dan (the writer) and everyone else there that day and every day know there are risks and no amount of control can cease all tragedies from happening. There is a known statistic that men between 18 and 30 years of age die more often because they love to take risk and never believe anything will happen to them.

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